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Shaquille O’Neal denies he had a feud with Kobe Bryant

The partnership of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant was one of the most successful yet contentious ones in NBA history. Together, they won three straight NBA championships on the Los Angeles Lakers in the early 2000s, but there was clearly tension between the two.

Both wanted to get theirs offensively and be the alpha dog, but O’Neal was always very reluctant to let Bryant rise to the level he was destined to get to. It led to their nasty breakup in 2004, and since then, many have talked about them not in terms of what they accomplished together, but what they could’ve accomplished together in subsequent years had they remained teammates.

Just prior to and after their breakup, the two, particularly O’Neal, had harsh words for each other. But in a recent episode of his podcast “The Big Podcast,” O’Neal denied there was ever any feud between him and the Black Mamba.

After some time had passed after his breakup with Bryant, O’Neal started to publicly defend the late Lakers legend and sing his praises publicly. It has been a beautiful thing to witness, as it was nearly unimaginable back in 2004, when the two were seemingly at each other’s throats.

Story originally appeared on LeBron Wire